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An open letter to Bihar’s DNA salvor: Nitish Kumar

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

At a time when Bihar seems to be skirted with overarching promises of political stalwarts and the ensuing hullabaloo over the forthcoming assembly elections, the soul protector and guardian of the state – Nitish Kumar- seems to have inculcated a new penchant for his DNA. Being perturbed at Modi’s jibes cracking down upon the veracity of his DNA, which according to him has also irked his fellow brothers and sisters of Bihar (the citizenry), the maverick has decided to kick off a Shabdh Wapasi campaign, wherein people would be sending their DNA samples for verification and thereafter the samples would be sent to Mr. Prime Minister who would read into the probity of the samples keeping aside his duties as the de- facto head of the nation.

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Disclaimer: Although, I have taken reasonable measures to flesh out proper facts and reasoning which would wield rationality in the real term, I might end up spewing excerpts- essentially medical terminologies and definitions- that might befuddle the ones who till this date were nibbling on a facade, a facade which gives one the liberty to be terminologically color blind, wherein an individual finds it difficult to trace the difference between DNA and nativity- I am a son (Nitish Kumar) of Bihar. My DNA is similar as that of the people of Bihar. The company wouldn’t accept any loss or damage arising out of this open letter.
Dear Chief Minister,
You have been lauded for your prudence and judicious governance since you had been at the helm of affairs in Bihar. Statistical records by accredited agencies limn a positive picture of your state; however, with your sudden decision to forlorn your boon companion and palling with a renowned adversary has left your admirers awe struck.
Before taking a step ahead, I would like to apprise you of the technical meaning of the word DNA.
Adhering to the definition rendered by medical science, DNA or Deoxyribonucleic acid is a molecule that contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, live and reproduce. These instructions are found inside every cell and are passed down from parents to their children.
Considering the fact that DNA caters to a lineage which is strictly familial and doesn’t remotely cater to ones nativity, divulges the fallacy of the stand endorsed by you. Your Shabdh Wapasi campaign fails to wield rationality and the propensity of delivering something fruitful to the sate.
According to an Economic Times report, kidnapping which was nothing less than an industry during the RJD chief, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s rule, has soared up from 2693 cases in 2005 to 5570 cases in 2013. Besides that, The National Crime Records Bureau reported 3441 murders and 1128 rapes in the state in 2013, drawing a parallel with a situation prevalent during your initial years as the chief minister (2005). The reports also shed light upon the increasing caste violence pervading the state. Adhering to the report, caste violence has notched up to a whopping 6712 cases, accounting for around 17 per cent of the similar cases in the country.
Moving on to the next segment, I would like to share a snippet of the education sector that has been subjected to precarity for a considerable period of time. Despite your fervent attempts at consolidating education in the state, the lack of alacrity on the part of bureaucrats looking into the sector has turned your attempts topsy-turvy. Your state accounts for a meager share of 61.8 percent of the population being literate, as expounded by Planning Commission Census 2011.
Toeing your overt apathy for your Bihari brothers and sisters, I am sure you must be aware of your dear ones’ opinion on your credibility and work.
 “The chief minister had given us a free hand. The only thing he demanded was results…But, he began to compromise when he felt the pressure of the Lok Sabha elections,” ruminates a senior bureaucrat who worked with Nitish, as quoted in Times of India report.
“Pity on you, struggling to save CM chair, once fighting for PM chair”-  Santosh Singh on twitter.
“You need to run not walk from Bihar. Jokers like you are not required any more. You made Bihar Bekar” –  No Conversion #HDL, Twitter
Therefore, Mr. Kumar, I think you should dilute your austerity on the DNA jibe, despite being a gargantuan issue like poverty, mortality rate and illiteracy, you should also mull over petty issues like development and growth. Hopefully, your DNA would be salvaged from a lifetime scar as you are making relentless efforts to put forth a string of DNA samples before Mr. Prime Minister, considering your unadulterated DNA would ensure your triumph.

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Richard Thaler Supported Demonetisation, there is More to the Story

Demonetisation is what Richard Thaler had long supported. However, he remarked "Really? Damn," when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 notes thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

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Richard Thaler
Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.Wikimedia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to scrape Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes last November, Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler supported demonetization describing it as a policy that he had long supported.

Dr. Richard Thaler, a Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on 9th October.

Did Richard Thaler really support demonetization in the way BJP took it? There is more to the story than what meets the eye.

As soon as Thaler was declared the Nobel Prize winner, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) started sharing Thaler’s tweet regarding demonetization on social media affirming that the move which was severely criticised by the members of the opposition was actually supported by a Nobel Prize winner. The BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya retweeted the old tweet within a fraction of a second.

However, Richard Thaler remarked “Really? Damn,” when he was informed about the introduction of Rs. 2,000 notes in place of the discontinued Rs. 500 and 1,000 note thereby highlighting how his joy of seeing a step towards a cashless economy and reduction of corruption was momentary.

It was not only the BJP supporters but also a large number of BJP leaders who were flowed away with incomplete picture depicted by Malviya and tweeted about it.‬ This included Union Minister Giriraj Singh, former BJP IT Cell Head Arvind Gupta, and many others.

Soon after, twitterati realized that the full picture of Thaler’s statement on demonetization was rather hidden.

Prime Minister Modi declared that the motivation behind scrapping Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was to promote cashless economy and reduce corruption. This decision was severely criticised by different sections of the society putting on Modi the ultimate responsibility for heralding economic deceleration. Demonetisation pulled down India’s GDP growth rate to a mere 6.1% in 2016-17.

Some highlighted that the introduction of Rs 2000 note was an ephemeral panacea for remonetization and that its printing has been terminated.

-Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram, Twitter: mohimahaque26

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PM Narendra Modi: Don’t believe in vote bank politics, Nation comes first

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Wikimedia

Varanasi, Sep 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, said that the BJP did not believe in vote bank politics as the country was above party politics. This is his second day of the visit to his parliamentary constituency in Varanasi.

Modi told a gathering that he had launched a major war against corruption and the corrupt to ease the life of the common man. He also said cleanliness was worship for him as it could rid the poor of various diseases and a lot of economic burdens.

“Governance for us is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the development of the nation. For us, the country is bigger than party,” he said, in his address to farmers in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of Varanasi.

He said most of the problems faced by the common people in India were rooted in corruption.

“I have launched a war against it and will take it further to ensure that graft is weeded out from the country.”(IANS)

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PM Modi in Varanasi: Sanitation is worship, Cleanliness Is a Way to Serve the Poor

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addresses the gathering, at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on September 23, 2017.

Varanasi, Sep 23 :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a public gathering in Varanasi said that sanitation is worship for him, as it can rid the poor of various diseases.

The gathering was largely attended by people on the second day of his Varanasi visit. Modi visited, Shahanshahpur a village of his Lok Sabha constituency. Where he laid the foundation stone of a public toilet in the area.

“That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings,” he said while addressing people there.

He said while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen and every family to keep their surroundings clean so we are able to build clean villages, clean cities and a clean nation,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each, to improve the nation by 2022. The year will also mark the 75 years of independence.

“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.

(IANS)